Verbs with different meanings en the preterit

Verbs with different meanings en the preterit - Verbos que...

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Verbos que cambian de significado o en el pretérito o el imperfecto Some verbs actually change meaning depending upon whether they are used in the preterit or the imperfect. This is not surprising, since the difference in meaning can be traced back to the different way in which these two past tenses are used. I. a. Remember, the PRETERIT implies a change in the past with a definite beginning and end . AN ACTION HAS TO OCCUR. b. The IMPERFECT has no beginning or end , therefore NO CHANGE OR ACTION IS IMPLIED. II. Here are five verbs that have different meanings in the preterit and the imperfect: Pretérito Imperfecto Conocer To meet for the first time To know (no action) Poder To manage to Capable of (no action) Querer To try To desire (no action) Saber To find out, learn To know (no action) Tener To receive, get, obtain To have (no action) III a. Conocer (“To meet for the first time” in the preterit) Pretérito: Yo conocí a Juan hace cinco años . (I met
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course SPAN 1225 taught by Professor Kniefle during the Spring '08 term at The University of Oklahoma.

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